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Sword (katana) blade. Attributed to Masamune of Sagami province. The tang is inlaid in gold with the name of Masamune. Sword making in Japan was introduced from China around the 4th C AD. The steel is folded and beaten many times and the cutting edge is heat treated. Country of Origin: Japan. Date/Period: Kamakura 1264-1344. Material Size: Steel. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Victoria & Albert Museum, London . Location: 14.